Hello October! Here you are again. The calendar tells me that autumn is here, but the continuing sunshine feels much like summer. Slowly cooling days drift into earlier nights. The dry weather has us wishing for some steady rain. For now, we walk along dusty paths dappled with sunlight where dry leaves border the trail, and occasionally, a leaf lets go of its tree and sways back and forth to the ground.
On a recent walk to Tod's Inlet, I spoke with a young man who had just come out of the water. "So cold!" he said, wrapping himself in a warm towel. The ocean here never really warms up and I thought him a very brave soul.
Queen Anne's lace has flowered and is now gone to seed, but is still elegant and sculptural. As I stood looking out over the water, a young couple paddled by in canoes and greeted me with, "This sunshine and warmth is unbelievable."
October is my favourite month of the year. It bridges summer and winter more beautifully than November does. This is the month of Thanksgiving and at the end, my birthday, of the last lovely blooms in the garden, and the beginning of quiet and cozy evenings. Fragrant and hearty soups simmer on the stove, and apples and pears are made into all sorts of delicious treats. And how lovely gold and red trees are, until the wild wind strips them of their leaves.
Last year I did a daily post each day in October, and it was so much fun that I'll be attempting to do so again.
Which is your favourite month, and what do do you enjoy about October?